Morris slowed in Adelaide by back pain Sirromet Wines Holden Commodore driver Paul Morris was slowed by back pain and struggled to finish today's second race in the opening round of the V8 Supercar Championship in Adelaide. Morris was forced...
Morris slowed in Adelaide by back pain
Sirromet Wines Holden Commodore driver Paul Morris was slowed by back pain and struggled to finish today's second race in the opening round of the V8 Supercar Championship in Adelaide.
Morris was forced to make four pit-stops, two more than required, during the 78-lap race for relief and treatment to counter the pain in his lower back. He completed 65 laps of the 3.2km Adelaide street circuit and finished 25th, scoring 16 championship points.
The 34-year-old Gold Coast driver, who was forced out of yesterday's first race in Adelaide because of an engine failure, started the second race from 25th position on the grid and moved up to 19th in the opening 10 laps.
Morris made his first pit-stop on lap 25 for treatment on his back. He dropped four laps on the leaders during the pit-stop, before rejoining the race in 28th position. He made three further pit-stops in the next 20 laps, one of them for repairs to the gearbox cover, in addition to ongoing back treatment.
Mark Skaife completed a clean-sweep of the Adelaide round by winning today's race in a Holden Racing Team Commodore in 2-hrs 5-mins 3.953-secs. Skaife, who had also won the opening race 24 hours earlier, was followed by Greg Murphy in a Kmart Holden Commodore and Steven Richards in a Castrol Holden Commodore. The results of the two races left Skaife leading the championship with a tally of 400 points, with Murphy second on 288.
The second round of the championship is at Phillip Island in Victoria from March 15-17.
My back was sore in yesterday's race so I had some physiotherapy last night and again today before the second race. I also had some treatment by a doctor at the track. Everything was fine for the first 10 laps, but then it got worse and I had to make my first stop. The main problem was muscle spasms. I couldn't brake, and when I turned into corners there was sharp pain in my lower back. I had to keep stopping in the pits. Each time I'd get out of the car and do some stretching and put some ice on my back. The plan was to keep going as long as I could. We calculated how many laps we needed to do to make sure we were eligible for points. It's disappointing what happened because the car felt good. It was the best it's been, but I wasn't able to drive it properly. Once I get home to the Gold Coast I'll be seeing an orthopaedic specialist to find out what has to be done to fix the problem with my back before Phillip Island."
<pre> RESULTS - RACE 2 (78 Laps): POS DRIVER CAR TIME 1. Mark Skaife Holden Racing Team Commodore 2:05:03.953 2. Greg Murphy Kmart Holden Commodore 2:05:08.047 3. Steven Richards Castrol Perkins Holden Commodore 2:05:22.477 4. Craig Lowndes 00 Motorsport Ford Falcon 2:05:24.321 5. Jason Bright Holden Racing Team Commodore 2:05:24.358 6. Garth Tander Valvoline Holden Commodore 2:05:28.034 7. Russell Ingall Castrol Perkins Holden Commodore 2:05:35.669 8. John Bowe Ozemail Ford Falcon 2:05:38.867 9. Jason Bargwanna Valvoline Holden Commodore 2:05:40.016 10. Steven Johnson Shell Helix Ford Falcon 2:05:42.668 OTHER: 25. Paul Morris Sirromet Wines Holden Commodore 65 laps FASTEST LAP: Skaife 1-min 24.339
CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS (after round 1): Skaife 400, Murphy 288, Tander 240, Richards 208, Lowndes 192, Johnson 120, Bargwanna 116, Kelly 108, Ambrose 104, Longhurst 102